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I.J.S. Digital Exhibits

The staff of the I.J.S. has created several digital exhibits featuring rare, high-quality photographs, documentation of concerts held on the Rutgers-Newark campus, and images of musicians' instruments owned by the Institute, among other items. The 'Jazz Greats' series, linked-to below, serves as an excellent introduction to the life and work of four major artists in Jazz history and highlights related archival collections held by the I.J.S.; links to a few other digital exhibits follow.

  • 'One More Once': A Centennial Celebration of the Life and Music of Count Basie
    Pianist who led the prototypical Swing big band for nearly five decades and played a major role in Jazz becoming the nation's most-popular music in the late 1930s and 1940s. Frank Foster, Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Thad Jones, Buck Clayton, Harry Sweets Edison, Freddie Green, Walter Page, and Jo Jones, among others, established themselves working with Basie.
  • Benny Carter: Eight Decades in American Music
    Composer, big-band leader, and master of both saxophone and trumpet, Carter also did arrangements for many of Jazz music's greatest artists. Furthermore, he altered perceptions of Jazz's place in society with his work for film and television and his academic instruction at Princeton University and elsewhere. Visit the official site for an extensive biography, photographs, and updates about performances and recordings of Carter's work.
  • Fats Waller Forever
    Protege of James P. Johnson who became a master of the stride piano style in his own right, composing some of Jazz's best-known tunes, performing and recording in nearly every style imaginable at the time, and appearing in the landmark Hollywood musical, Stormy Weather.
  • Mary Lou Williams: Soul on Soul
    Pianist whose diverse artistry as a composer and arranger transcended the divide between Swing and Bebop. Her 'Zodiac Suite' has been recognized as a masterpiece. After a brief period away from music, she returned in the late 1950s with a new focus on sacred music.
  • Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World
    The I.J.S. helped create the web site for this 2008 photography exhibit at the Meridian International Center.
  • Just a Mood
    Photographer Ed Berger, who helped lead the I.J.S. for more than three decades, presents an online exhibit of his work.
  • Jazz on a Summer's Day
    A sampling of the photographic work of Tad Hershorn, archivist at I.J.S. and author of Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice.


The primary collection of Jazz-related materials at Rutgers is housed at The Institute of Jazz Studies. Founded in 1952 in New York by Marshall Stearns, the I.J.S. moved to Rutgers-Newark in 1967. Its current location in the John Cotton Dana Library, the main library of the Newark campus, opened in 1994.

The I.J.S. is the largest library and archive in the world of materials related to Jazz music, with a collection ranging across media--books and periodicals, oral histories, musical instruments, scores, films and photographs, personal correspondence, rare recordings, and business records, among other items.

This Jazz research guide, updated under the direction of Vincent Pelote, intends to direct listeners, both new and experienced, to useful and authoritative sources of information available to I.J.S. and Rutgers users. As a research archive, the I.J.S. is open to those specifically making use of the materials held there. Books in the I.J.S. library do not circulate. Those mentioned in this guide that are held by other Rutgers libraries are available to be checked out if they are not in Reference sections as indicated by the "REF" tag.  These libraries, referred to in brackets on the following pages, are as follows:

  • Archibald S. Alexander Library
  • John Cotton Dana Library
  • Blance and Irving Laurie Music Library, within the Mabel Smith Douglass Library
  • Kilmer Library
  • Paul Robeson Library.

Those seeking an introduction to the research and writing on Jazz music can attend the I.J.S. Jazz Research Roundtable events, held four or five times monthly each semester, in the Dana Room on the fourth floor of the Dana library.

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